An invasion, a massacre, two murders, a fire, an explosion and an unreasonable amount of stolen cars all come to their final resting place within a 5 x 5km patch of agricultural land to the west of Melbourne.
shadow / imprint (working title) is an ongoing body of work exploring this land, and considering whether an environment absorbs the tragedy of its past, and if so whether this can be signified through physical or psychological markers.
This work is made on the land of the Kurung jang balluk people of the Kulin nation. It is acknowledged that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty ever signed. The 1836 massacre of between 10 and 35 Wathaurong or Woiworrung people is the starting point for what has become a place that seems incapable of removing itself from the narratives of tragedy.